Wood is a popular choice for interior design and it can be used in all kinds of places: cabinetry, flooring, furnishings, art, and wall coverings. But wood comes in more than one shade, in fact varying in all types of textures, colors, and price ranges. If you plan on using wood as part of your interiors, you’ll need to make some decisions about what type of wood you prefer.
These days, woods with softer tones, reminiscent of the pine craze of the 1990s, are making a comeback in popularity. They tend to feel more natural than the heavy, dark tones and come from trees and forests that are more eco-friendly. Oliver Stallwood, an interior design contributor for Metro.co.uk, said, “Dark woods such as mahogany have featured heavily in our homes for some time, but this year, bright, caramel, and honey tones are set to step into the spotlight.”
Wood left in a more natural state creates an organic feel which will also help lighten up your home after the long, dark winter and assist in creating more of an open concept feel without the heavy labor of knocking down walls. Interior design firm Intarya’s managing director, Daniel Kostiuc, explained that “honey-toned woods such as pine, chestnut, oak, and cherry are especially ideal for smaller spaces as they help to create an open, spacious feel.”
He also said that color schemes featuring crisp white or pastel shades will complement your wood furnishings or flooring. Look for soft tones of lilac, pink, and powdery blue, all of which are set to be trending this spring.
To help homeowners who aren’t sure where to start with incorporating wood into their design, Stallwood came up with a few suggestions. For instance, a statement wood writing desk with matching wood chair don’t have to be heavy or imposing. Stallwood found a desk with open sides, a thin top, and a wood chair with delicate steel legs. If you’re looking for a vintage or countryside estate feel, he suggests pine floors. He explained, “One of the best ways to transform a room is getting the flooring right.”
Another suggestion from Stallwood was a table almost raw in its simplicity. It’s another example of thin and almost delicate-looking wood working together to create a solid, sturdy surface. “The look is contemporary and craft,” Stallwood explained, “working well in modern apartments. There is no stain, polish, or lacquer, just natural European oak.
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